CNR has adopted rational management for the land of its concession. This includes the pastoral management of part of the dikes and banks of the Rhone and the supervision of vegetation without using phytosanitary products
In order to implement the balanced management of its concession – 27,000 ha, including 14,000 ha of land – CNR deploys a policy that reconciles the different stakes – safety, security and the environment – set out in its Land environmental management plan (PGED). Its action derives from a rationale of continuous improvement. Thus CNR develops pastoral management on the dikes and banks of the Rhone, thereby playing a role in preserving biodiversity.
Cows, sheep, goats, donkeys and even horses replace mechanical equipment that consumes fuel. It is an ecological solution for clearing weeds and brush, but it is also efficient: 250 sheep can “mow” one hectare in a day. The sheep are particularly appreciated as they eliminate ragweed, an invasive and allergenic plant. As for the goats, they eliminate woody plants, brambles and shrubs.
Environmentally friendly, the pastoral management of the banks of the Rhone is also a means of supporting local livestock farmers and bringing life to the river bank, thus attracting the local populations to frequent them.
As from the 1980s, CNR has been committed to eliminating the use of pesticides and phytosanitary products to maintain its estate, thereby acting well ahead of the law that will prohibit their use by local authorities in 2020. The pollution caused by these products is particularly harmful for insects, especially bees. In view to ensuring sustainable development, since 2013 CNR has set up a programme in favour of bees and other pollinators. This programme has already led to the installation of twenty hives in partnership with the French National Union of Beekeepers (Unaf) and the other actors of the world of apiculture. It consolidates the support of CNR given to the apiculture sector. More than 3,000 hives are present on the land managed by CNR.
The stakes involved by the survival of bees are crucial. CNR is committed in favour of the environment and biodiversity, so it adheres to our programme ‘Bees, the guardians of the environment’. Its support is useful for making the general public and political leaders aware of our actions.